As autumn will soon come to an end and winter will creep up on us, I am very pleased that children have had so many wonderful experiences since opening day in early September.
All of our children have taken nature walks in our neighborhood and/or to Glen Island to observe the amazing natural environment that we live in. Their experiences will be used to create our latest Jefferson mural. In November, we will be hosting an artist in resident, Ryan Cronin. Mr. Cronin will assist our students in visualizing and then painting the beautiful Long Island Sound landscape that we all have experienced and love.
With regard to academics, this school year, our teachers are working in full force to improve the craft and mechanics of writing. We have adopted The Teachers College Units of Study based on Lucy Calkins’ work as our curriculum. Your child should be writing more than ever before. This great effort behind improving writing will help our children meet the challenging demands of the Common Core Learning Standards.
As always, we have had some wonderful celebrations this fall. Hispanic and Italian heritage were both celebrated during the month of October. Our dual language students sang sweet melodies in Spanish and Italian. It was a special evening, which many of us enjoyed.
Our PTA has had a successful fall sponsoring fun and inclusive community events. Our first fall festival offered children many activities and it was a lovely day. The annual Halloween party brought the entire Jefferson Community together. Our PTA is always looking for more support. Please join us in making a difference.
As we enter a long winter, please continue to be a Jefferson partner to insure your child succeeds. Are you reading every night with your child? Is she or he reading to you? Please make reading a priority in your household. We want to insure that every child is college bound. However, we cannot do this alone. Your partnership is vital.
As the holidays and various vacations approach, please keep in mind the importance of excellent attendance. Please take vacations when school is closed. Extended vacations are detrimental to your child’s growth. We want and need your child in school learning with us.
During the month of December, you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher for a conference. Our goal is for every teacher to meet with every parent (100% parent attendance).
Thank you for your support. See you soon.
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